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BBC stops live radio broadcasts and shuts down after fire alarm

BBC Radio 4 stopped broadcasting for 15 minutes after the live broadcast stopped because a fire alarm went off in a London studio










The Today program on BBC Radio 4 was suspended for 15 minutes this morning after the New Broadcasting House was massively evacuated following a fire alarm.

The show’s cast including presenters Martha Kearney and Nick Robinson had to leave the building in London at 7.39am, before being allowed to return at 7.54am.

Staff were forced to wait outside the building in temperatures of -1°C (34°F), while a pre-recorded message was played to apologize for the ‘disruption’ and ‘problems’.

A documentary on the history of the shirt was also broadcast alongside world news, and Robinson and Kearney tweeted a photo of themselves in the cold.

Workers on the program were allowed to return about ten minutes after the alarm went off, without having to go to the station’s backup studio in Westminster.

Nick Robinson tweeted a picture of himself outside the building in London with Martha Kearney

Nick Robinson tweeted a picture of himself outside the building in London with Martha Kearney

Bidders were allowed to return about ten minutes after the alarm went off

Bidders were allowed to return about ten minutes after the alarm went off

Kearney tweeted this photo after BBC Radio 4's Today show was suspended today

Kearney tweeted this photo after BBC Radio 4’s Today show was suspended today

Back on the air, Kearney told listeners, “Well, as the news of the world faded, Chris, Nick (Robinson) and I were back in the studio — somewhat…

I almost called you my husband there, that’s dodgy. A little short of breath, but at least we didn’t go up the stairs – so, the alarm went off.

“Well, let’s reassure everyone that not only did the alarm go off, but despite the noise you may have heard saying there was an emergency, as far as we know, there wasn’t really an emergency,” Robinson added.

Anyway, we have to follow the procedures, and we did, we’ve been out in the cold for a while but feel good to be back on the Today show and we’ll continue now as before. Normal service is resumed.

The program team has been evacuated from New Broadcasting House in London (file photo)

The program team has been evacuated from New Broadcasting House in London (file photo)

Then Kearney introduced an afterthought for the day with Richard Harris, the former Bishop of Oxford.

During the shutdown, the show’s business correspondent Katie Prescott tweeted at 7.44 a.m.: “For those listening to Today and wondering what’s going on, we have been evacuated from New Broadcasting House due to an alarm.”

Then, at 7.50 am, she added: “We are allowed to return – normal service will resume soon.”

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